Administration officials tell me that reacting favorably toward a cease fire proposal would lead Gaddafi to think he's winning.
In 1983, Gaddafi initiates work on the Great Manmade River, a network of wells and pipelines for water.
Since the advent of NATO strikes against Gaddafi, America has found itself with some unlikely allies on the ground.
And therein lies one of the clues to where Gaddafi might be headed.
Finally, there is the example of Libya: a concerted campaign by America and its allies to topple Gaddafi once and for all.
If so, a disaster would happen as Gaddafi wreaks revenge on his own people.
Another staff member also confessed to being regularly beaten by the Gaddafi family.
Bolton said he's willing to let Gaddafi live, but doubts that outcome is likely.
After all, deadly airstrikes that are slowly crippling Gaddafi's military are being launched from Italian soil.
Yemen's Ali Abdallah Saleh has ruled his country almost as long as Gaddafi.